Union win: GMB and NEU joint campaign at Charlton Park Academy !

After months of action, including 6 strike days at Charlton Park Academy, GMB and NEU members have gained a well-deserved victory over national terms and conditions.


Management at Charlton Park introduced a two-tier workforce when it became an academy in 2012 by removing the protection of national terms and conditions for new staff. Staff employed on new Academy contracts saw serious reductions in their sick pay entitlements.


The issue came to a head when a teacher who experienced an industrial injury was forced to pay her rent using her credit card when she discovered that she was only entitled to four weeks’ sick pay.


Joint strike action by determined GMB and NEU members began in July with over 90 school staff taking part. On 29 November, agreement was reached between all parties to extend national terms and conditions to all Charlton Park staff.


Surrey NEU have supported the action both morally and financially and we congratulate the staff of Charlton Park on their successful stand.

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CPD to meet your individual needs : see below !


Dear colleague

The NUT’s CPD programme has a positive impact on teaching, learning and leadership in classrooms and schools. The programme is underpinned by the evidence and core values of best practice in CPD. Our courses are practical, provide opportunities for action research and are designed to have a lasting impact on your teaching practice. Take a look at our courses for spring 2018 and sign up today.

Planning Social and Emotional Wellbeing Interventions in your School
Monday 22 January – Tuesday 23 January

Teaching Creative Music Making in the Classroom
Tuesday 30 January

Reclaiming Your Vocation
Thursday 1 February – Friday 2 February

Behaviour Management for Supply Teachers
Thursday 22 February – Friday 23 February

Leading Behaviour for Learning
Monday 5 March – Tuesday 6 March

Restorative Practice
Tuesday 20 March – Wednesday 21 March

Quality First Teaching Supply
Friday 13 April

For details of all NUT Section CPD courses and to apply visit http://neu.org.uk/learning

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary

Learning with the NUT
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Supply Teachers’ Report 2017


Dear Colleagues

The Supply National Organising Forum took place on Saturday 11th November. We had an interesting and productive meeting with hopefully future actions in the pipeline.

Campaigns:  It was proposed to meet MPs in surgeries (dates further to be discussed) regarding both the agency rip-off and the use of unqualified staff in place of qualified teachers. Freedom of Information requests will be used to collate information on numbers of lessons covered by unqualified staff. In Sefton, Liverpool, a number of secondary schools were contacted and over the course of a week, 640 lessons were taught by unqualified staff. We hope to request this information in our area and use this to inform local MPs.

Lobby of the Welsh Assembly on October 25th by Fair Deal for Supply Teachers gained extensive publicity and a meeting was held with Kirsty Williams, Education Minister for Wales. In Wales the North has many supply teachers on contracts with their schools, but in the south of Wales agencies mainly run supply provision-average £90 a day-In Llanelli one year 6 teacher was being paid £50 a day. Many supply teachers in Wales are now having to take second/third jobs.

Supply Teacher Conference 2018 is to be a weekend residential event -provisional date June 22-24th. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending : surreysupply1@gmail.com.  There should be CPD as well as advice and the chance to meet other Supply teachers.

Multi-academy Trusts– We would like direct employment of all Supply teachers. In Suffolk one academy chain, of 21 schools-5 secondary, 15 primary schools and 1 special school, has set up a pool to employ Supply teachers. They now:

  • Pay for the DBS
  • Pay supply teachers on the basis of a 6.5 hour dayPay supply teachers at £170 a day for experienced and well qualified teachers
  • Pay staff through payroll and therefore TPS is paid


  • Interview all prospective supply teachers and send their details to all schools in the Trust.


  • Encourage supply teachers to attend PD days but not compulsory.
  • Offer Supply teachers permanent posts if/ when they become available




The MAT was influenced by these arguments- it was:


  • Cheaper to employ themselves than paying an agency
  • Cheaper to fill permanent vacancies using supply staff
  • They can achieve greater quality control
  • Can vet staff via DBS and can assess quality of staff once they have taught in a school so can then decide if they offer work in the future
  • Can use subject specialists to cover for absent staff so quality of teaching/ learning is maintained which helps Exam results.
  • Convenient to access staff from a list who you know are ‘ good quality’
  • Can build a list of those who are ‘best’ for your school and can get them at short notice because of the relationship built up
  • Can build a pool of loyal, well-motivated, well qualified reliable supply staff
  • Likely to enhance loyalty of staff
  • Likely to achieve greater morale amongst staff


The MAT agreed to this in early 2016. They are very happy with it. They have filled a number of vacancies using supply teachers and in some cases even before they did any work in school, thus saving on advertising costs.Supply teachers are happy as they have regular work at good rates of pay plus TPS and able to choose when and where they work.


 Communication – Please send any material about your day to day experience as a Supply teacher to the Teacher magazine.


‘Supply’ teachers – Would you like to be called a LOCUM teacher or a VISITING teacher. Would this raise the profile of the Supply teacher? Let us know what you think!

If you would like to become a member of the Supply Teacher Network, an officially recognised self-organising group within the Union. Please let me know.

Best wishes,

Marilyn Stevens -Supply Teacher Officer for Surrey NEU.                                                




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London, East & South East Pensioners Network Annual Seminar 2018

London, East & South East Pensioners Network Annual Seminar 2018


Monday 8 April 2018

10 – 3.30pm

TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


FREE ADMISSION (lunch provided – Meat/Vegetarian selection)

Please support and circulate near and wide (all welcome)



020 7467 1220

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School Sprinkler Petition: Please sign: details below !

Dear Colleagues,

 The Wansbeck MP, Ian Lavery has written to the Secretary of State, demanding that all schools are  fitted with sprinklers – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/mp-writes-government-demanding-sprinklers-13901583

 A petition to parliament has been started by the Northumberland Labour Group, calling for all schools to be fitted with sprinklers. Please sign and share with members – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203838

 Kind Regards,

 Sophie Ward

Policy Officer

Pay, Conditions and Bargaining

National Education Union

0207 380 4767

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Events Officer Report from Philip Clark: November 2017


Events Officer Report November 2017

I am pleased to be able to report that:

Annual General Meeting:

The AGM will be held on 17th February 2018 at H G Wells Conference & Event Centre Woking Surrey. The meeting will begin at 10am and conclude at 12 noon. A buffet lunch will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

Annual Conference:

My thanks to all who responded to my email dated 23rd October.

[If you are a member of the NUT section of the NEU in Surrey and would like to go to Annual Conference next Easter in Brighton please get in touch, asap, on conference@surreyneu.org.uk  to let us know.
There are still a few places available

The decision as to the allocation of Delegate or Observer status will be taken at the Division meeting on 16th January 2018. It is therefore very important that those who are listed above make every effort to attend on that date.

At conference the Division will host a drinks reception on 30th March followed by a meal for the delegation on 31st March.

Presidential Lunch:

The Presidential Lunch will be held on 12th May 2018. The venue will be the Holiday Inn in Guildford Surrey. I am pleased to report that Louise Regan (current NUT National President) will be our principal guest. Formal invitations will be posted out early next year.


Philip Clark

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Equalities Report fron Anne Leech: November 2017

Equalities Report November 2017


Meetings attended:


2 October, Congress House, London


‘Celebrate, Learn, Organise’ A tribute to Jayaben Desai organised by the SERTUC Race Relations Committee, chair, Betty Joseph. Jayaben became an unlikely and reluctant star of the British Trade Union movement when she refused to accept the shocking working conditions at the Grunwick Photographic Processing works between 1976 and 1978. Speakers included her son, Sunil Desai, Jack Dromey who was Secretary of the area Trade Council and several executive members of the GMB. A story of perseverance, persecution and personal courage to lead workers, in spite of the lack of TUC backing. Although the workers did not win back their jobs after 2 years of strike, facing police barricades, and government intransigence, it ended the myth of passive Asian women workers and demonstrated the power of a united workforce.

Equalities Picture


24 October


After being given an appointment time by my MP, Damian Hinds, I was told he was too busy in a debate all day and that I could leave the facts and figures which I had prepared on local schools in the central lobby as nobody from his office was available to collect the papers. I then attended the school cuts meeting in Emmanuel Hall, where John McDonnell was speaking and returned to the Houses of Parliament in the afternoon when I put in a green card to see my MP. He then sent a colleague, Huw Merriman E. Sussex MP, to discuss the funding or lack of funding for schools in my local area. (see report ‘The News Line’ Thursday, Oct. 26 in which my views on my MP were reported.)


18 November, 12.30 Farnham


Proposed date for the Surrey Women’s Network Meeting. I have contacted staff in 10 of the largest schools in Farnham with details of the meeting which has been booked at the upstairs room of the Giggling Squid in Farnham.


Anne Leech (Surrey Equalities Officer, NUT Section of NEU)

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Message from the Fabian Society : Invitation to a Meeting on Education: 19th November 2017

Fabian Society

A National Education Service?


Surrey Fabian Society, 3 pm – 5pm, Sunday 19th November, Guildford Diocese Education Centre, The Cathedral, Guildford GU2 7UP

Our speaker will be Steve Williams, experienced teacher and education consultant, and local government councillor, with recent first hand management involvement in steering the process of conversion to academy status.

He will flesh out Labour’s National Education Service – Labour’s umbrella term for a raft of reforms, including increases in schools funding, free adult education and the return of the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16- to 19-year-olds. This is intended to be “life-long” and “not just another structure, not another sign on the school gate”

The meeting is planned to be highly interactive, allowing maximum participation from the attendees, which we hope will include as many educational practitioners as possible from the Surrey area.

Entry is free to all. Refreshments will be served. Do please come and give us the benefits of your insights and observations.

Further details from our Secretary, Warren Weertman, warrenw@bsa.org

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Update Noticeboard from the NEU: 10th November 2017

The Department for Education is creating a national Teacher Vacancy service.  The service aims to improve how permanent and fixed-term teacher vacancies are advertised and filled by:

  • reducing the time schools currently spend on publishing vacancies and the cost of recruiting new teachers
  • making it easier for aspiring and current teachers to find jobs quickly and easily
  • recruitment

The DfE is testing the service through user research and engagement to ensure it meets the needs of users, schools and teachers. Once established, we believe this service will benefit our members.  Please share the link for this on-line survey with members in your area.  The survey is an opportunity for members to influence the design of the service.  The survey closes on 6 November 2017, so there is only a short window of opportunity to participate.

Representative of the Year and Officer of the Year

Nominations are now open for 2017/18 awards. The awards recognise the contribution made by local NUT Section representatives and officers of the NEU and help identify and share good practice.

You will need to complete an online nomination form.  Further information is available here or by emailing recruit@nut.org.uk.

The closing date for nominations is 8 December 2017.


Send My Friend to School Seeks 2018 Campaign Champions

The Send My Friend to School Campaign is seeking Campaign Champions for 2018. Champions are outstanding young people who have a passion and enthusiasm for ensuring every child across the globe is able to go to school. The programme includes a free, two-day residential training in March, a Parliamentary Action Day, photo stunts, and more. Click here for more information.

Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People – Amnesty International Petition

The international community must come together to end the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Burma. More than 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of attacks from the Myanmar government, and hundreds of men, women and children have been killed. Join Amnesty International’s call for an end to the violence by signing the petition on their website, and share the link with friends, family, colleagues and others in your network.

Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award 2018

You are invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Steve Sinnott International Solidarity Award, which gives recognition to members who have made exemplary contributions to the Union’s work on international solidarity. The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2018. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.


This week’s major NEU launch was of joint guidance with the British Lung Foundation. It urges schools to draw up action plans to protect children from air pollution. This appeared in TES, Air Quality News and via the Press Association in over 300 publications. Our press release and a link to the guidance are here.

I have also commented this week on homework during holidays for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the expansion of the AET trust for Schools Week. And we are still seeing a great many local news reports off the back of the lobby of Parliament during half term.

All of our recent press releases can be found here.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney

Joint General Secretary

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